Daughter of the Moon Goddess is the first book of a YA duology about the daughter of the Chinese Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
In this article, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about this book.
Also, this article contains spoilers. So if you haven’t read Daughter of the Moon Goddess yet, proceed with caution.
I hope you enjoy reading these, and I hope this post answers some of the questions you may have about this book!
Who is the Daughter of the Moon Goddess?
The protagonist we follow and the daughter of the moon goddess is named Xingyin.
Is this book a standalone, duology, or part of a series?
This book is the first book of a duology. Book two named Heart of the Sun Warrior is expected to release on November 10th, 2022.
Does Daughter of the Moon Goddess contain a map?
Daughter of the Moon Goddes has a small map in the beginning of the book. Below you can see this map.
Is this book YA?
Yes, Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a YA book. In short, this means Xingyin has the age of that of other protagonists in YA books. It is a book with a lot of (age-appropriate) action and fighting.
Xingyin discovers she has magic and her skills for archery which she inherited from her father. She works hard to get enough status to bargain for her mother’s freedom. In the process, she befriends the Crown Prince Liwei, the Captain of the Celestial Army and she learns more about magic while disguising herself as an archer joining the army. All the while, Xingyin works undercover to free her mother.
Captain Wenzhi is the stoic, tough leader of the Celestial Kingdom’s army. His only goal is to make Xingyin the best archer and wielder of magic she can be. So when he reveals that he has feelings for her, it surprises and flatters her. She is grateful to him for guiding and instructing her. And despite her strong bond with Liwei, Xingyin knows that Captain Wenzhi is the more plausible choice since he can provide Xingyin with safety and a solid life of honor.
Prince Liwei is considerate and is also the first person outside of Xingyin’s family to show her kindness. He disagrees with his parents about their often-cruel choices, wishing to leave behind a softer legacy. As Liwei’s servant, Xingyin gets to know him well, and they share a genuine friendship. However, he seems to be the unobtainable choice, as his parents have trapped him in an engagement to solidify a political alliance and were also the ones responsible for Xingyin’s mother’s predicament.
Is Daughter of the Moon Goddess spicy?
No, Daughter of the Moon Goddess is not spicy. The book contains kissing but not anything further down the line.
Is this book enemies to lovers?
In a certain way, it is. Xingyin becomes the servant of Liwei who is the son of the person who imprisoned her mother. However, Xingyin and Liwei become friends and then become more than friends.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess contains a love triangle in a way. However, this is not the typical love triangle. Xingyin is in love with Liwei. But because he is engaged to another to secure peace to the lands, she intends to give up on him and join the army. Here she meets Wenzhi. He is her captain, and they become close. This causes Xingyin to develop feelings for him as well even though she cannot forget about Liwei.
Who dies in Daughter of the Moon Goddess?
There are no main characters that die. That said, there is a moment where Liwei is possessed and Xingyin has to kill him. So it looks like she did when in fact, she did not. She drained his life energy to make the possession think he died and let go. However, at that moment she heals him and he is alive again. It’s mainly the monsters and demons they fight that die or get imprisoned.
Does this book contain LGBTQ romance or characters?
The main couples are M/F relationships. In short, no there are no LGBTQ elements in Daughter of the Moon Goddess.
Years go by throughout the book, and in the end, Xingyin does something to gain favor from the King. Xingyin asks for her mother’s freedom. But to grant that wish she must go on a mission. The mission is to kill the dragons and bring their pearls back to the king. However, the dragons will not lend their aid to the king. they give their aid to Xingyin, and they offer their pearls to her. Multiple events happen and we find out that Wenzhi is actually a demon who is using her. He kidnaps her, and Xingyin escapes and imprisons Wenzhi. Near the end of the book, Xingyin tricks the king into releasing her mother from her punishment. Wenzhi is also released, and Xingyin lives happily with her mother.
Below you can find some books that you can read if you liked Daughter of the Moon Goddess
- The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh – This book is about a girl that takes the place of her brother’s love to be the sacrifice to become the sea god’s bride.
- Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie – This is about a girl who has to sacrifice her love to become the matriarch of a family of women who ferry the dead
- A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin – This one is about a girl who enters a competition to win a favor from the princess to save her sister.
- Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim – This book is about a girl cursed to never speak a word on a mission to save her kingdom and her 6 brothers turned into cranes.
“Some scars are carved into our bones – a part of who we are, shaping what we become.”
“Why would you want to look like her? Why would a falcon want to be a nightingale?”
“Titles are inherited, talent might be blood-bound, but true greatness lies within.”
“We should appreciate the flower, regardless of its roots.”
“I hated him now because I had loved him then.”
I hope this article has answered some of your questions about this book.
And I hope that, if you have a question I didn’t answer in this post, you will let me know in the comments below!